Cranberries and white chocolate are extremely common flavors to combine and hot chocolate is a winter favorite. So I put these cold weather flavors together and created a lovely winter treat for you...Cranberry White Hot Chocolate.
1 cup of water
1 cup of fresh cranberries
3 cups of milk
3/4 cup of chopped white chocolate
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of cranberry jelly (the canned kind)
Boil your water and add your cranberries. Let your cranberries boil for 10-15 minutes or until they pop. Strain your cranberry juice in a strainer with a cheesecloth to remove bits and the skins of the berries.
Take 1/5 cup of cranberry juice and 1/4 cup of cranberry jelly and whisk in a bowl together to create cranberry like syrup. You can add one teaspoon of sugar and heat in a pan if you want to make it smoother. I put my mixture in a small ziploc bag to pipe with for the hot chocolate topping. This part is optional but I think it really added some extra cranberry flavor.
In a fresh clean pot add your milk and 3/4 cup of cranberry juice and bring to a boil. Only let it boil for 1 minute, no longer than that. While your milk is coming to a boil add your chopped white chocolate and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to a blender. Once your milk has boiled add your hot milk right to the blender and blend until smooth. This will melt and blend your hot chocolate at the same time. Pour into your mugs and top with whipped cream and your cranberry topping.
Hot Chocolate - 3 Ways post a couple of weeks ago. Hope you enjoy!